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Most of you will know by now that I am quite addicted to the perfumes & other products created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
and Black Phoenix Trading Post
. Not only are their products of amazing quality, but their customer service is exceptional and the community of other BPAL fans is amongst one of the most civilised & intelligent I've ever come across in my 15+ years of being online. For those that don't know, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (or BPAL, for short) specialise in handmade perfume oil blends, with their sister site Black Phoenix Trading Post (BPTP) using these oils in products such as bath oils, hair glosses and more. The perfume oils do not use alcohol (like most department store perfumes), and their ingredients are of the highest quality and hand-blended to create amazing scent combinations. There is a sizable General Catalogue of perfume oils of varying themes, including Alice in Wonderland, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Shakespeare, Travel-inspired, Steampunk, and Role-Playing Games, as well as collaborations with writers such as Neil Gaiman and artists such as Gris Grimly and Mike Mignola, AND scents to commemorate fandoms such Labyrinth and Fraggle Rock. As well as all of these, there are monthly updates around the time of the Full Moon ("Lunacies"), collections for Halloween, Christmas ("Yules") and Valentines Day ("Lupercalias"), random other collections released throughout the year (eg, summer scents), and Event Exclusive oils for conventions such as Comic-Con and Bats Day. The list goes on!
I started buying BPAL in 2007 after realising that department store perfumes just weren't interesting to me anymore; after my first purchase of imps (samples of the lab's perfume), I quickly fell in love and haven't stopped since. With all the releases of new perfume oils (at least every month, often more than that), there are always new things to try & fall in love with! Thankfully there are people who run decant circles, which are samples of Limited Edition perfumes to try (the Lab only sell samples of the General Catalogue scents), so there are cheap(er) ways to test all the new releases. After 5+ years, I've worked out what will work well on my skin and what to avoid, but often I can be surprised! I started off loving floral scents the most, but now I love anything with a Snake Oil base, red & black musks, frankincense & amber & other resins.
Since I talk about BPAL quite a lot, I thought I would finally show some pictures of my collections... It really is my happy place! Which might sound very strange, but there is something so lovely about choosing out a scent to wear for the day; about reading the stories & inspirations behind the new collections, appreciating the artwork on the labels, and being excited when something new turns out to be a "OMG-I-love-this-scent!" moment. I wear perfume every day, and it is just something lovely to remind me that no matter how busy day-to-day life gets, there is always a way to appreciate the small things. This is my version of "stop and smell the roses".
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So there you go; a little journey into my world of perfume! There are a few other things that haven't been photographed here - I have a couple of Trading Post candles, as well as a couple of tins of lollies, and lots of bath oil decants, stickers, postcards and notepads. But this is definitely the bulk of it! Have I spent too much on BPAL? Of course i have, but I don't regret any of it. As I said, it is my happy place! Through BPAL I have been exposed to new writers and artists, different ways of thinking, folklore & history & literature... it has been entirely worth it. I hope the Lab continues to release new scents & collaborate with other creative minds, for many years to come.